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Dylan Parr was a crucial piece in LaRue County’s first region tennis title in 2008.
This season, he was the only piece of that puzzle to return.
In a completely foreign situation, Parr still managed to shine, garnering a No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and a No. 6 seed in the region tournament.
Area coaches took notice of Parr’s success and voted him Sophomore of the Year.
“Oh man, that’s unbelievable,” Parr said. “It’s just amazing to win.”
Parr finished with 26 points and five first-place votes to top second-place finisher Taylor Thomas, who had 20 points and one first-place vote. Tyler Sweat finished third with 14 points and one first-place vote.
“I really just wanted to improve this past season,” Parr said. “Being seeded in conference and region was actually a big thing for me.
“I was happy with the way I played and I’m really proud of myself.”
The prior season, Parr was teamed up with then-senior Terry Caven on the Hawks’ No. 1 doubles team. The two won a region title, led the team to a team title and advanced to the second day of the state tournament.
This season, however, Parr didn’t have any experienced teammates like Caven to lean on as he transitioned from doubles to singles.
“He was really given no choice but to step up into the No. 1 singles spot,” LaRue County coach Chris Estes said. “I think the past season really prepped him to take that leadership role on. He learned a lot from playing with Terry and it really helped him emotionally prepare for the transition to No. 1 singles.”
This season Parr gained even more experience and understanding of the game. And with Parr’s athleticism and talent, that could go a long way for the next two seasons.
“Expectations should be high. Dylan is already preparing himself for next season,” Estes said. “He has the mindset of making it to the state tournament as a singles player.”